Dublin Racing Festival Day 2 Preview - 04/02/2024

Leopardstown - February 04 2024
Leopardstown 12:40
13
Simon Torrens

Innatendue

J: Simon Torrens
T: John C McConnell
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 10-2
OR: 116
Days: 34

Interesting to note Innatendue comes back for this race 12 months after finishing a respectable 7th place in it last year of a rating of 121 and likely would’ve been closer had she not been hampered.

She still remains a maiden but has been in decent form this season going close behind Cannock Park at Cheltenham, that rival going on to place in a Grade One, before a poor outing over 2.5 miles. Seemingly she didn’t stay the longer trip.

This 18 furlong trip looks her ideal and she’s slipped to a mark of 116 that might just underestimate her on a good day.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
01/01/24CHL20.5Hy11-04
19/11/23CHL16.5Sft10-112
09/04/23FAI20.5Y11-214
26/02/23NAA15.5Y11-55
05/02/23LEO17.5Y10-107
Leopardstown - February 04 2024
Leopardstown 13:10
4
Paul Townend

Gaelic Warrior

J: Paul Townend
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 11-10
OR: N/A
Days: 38

An impressive specimen for Willie Mullins who has shown unbelievable versatility in his career, winning a handicap hurdle over 2 miles last season before scoring a Grade One over 3 miles.

Sent chasing for this campaign, he’s looked an even more impressive animal. Bolting up on debut by 19 lengths before cutting through heavy ground in impressive style to win the Faugheen Novices’ Chase easily.

Will likely buck out in front and gallop and jump his rivals into submission again.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
04/02/24LEO21.5Y/Sft11-10UR
28/12/23LIM19.5Hy11-121
25/11/23PUN19Sft11-121
26/04/23PUN24Y11-101
15/03/23CHL21Sft11-72
Leopardstown - February 04 2024
Leopardstown 13:40
2
Paul Townend

Ballyburn

J: Paul Townend
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 11-12
OR: N/A
Days: 37

Earned himself a high reputation in bumpers last season winning twice in impressive fashion under Patrick Mullins both times.

Well touted to make a splash over hurdles this season, his debut saw him take on Firefox who failed to uphold the form in a Group One after. Ballyburn got his head in front when last seen upped in trip to 2.5 miles but makes the drop back to 2 miles here.

With a win under his belt and a couple of outings over hurdles in the books, he should be hard to beat.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
04/02/24LEO16Sft11-121
29/12/23LEO20Sft/Hy11-121
02/12/23FAI16Sft11-122
27/04/23PUN16Gd/Y12-01
19/02/23PUN16Y12-01
Leopardstown - February 04 2024
Leopardstown 14:10
2
Paul Townend

El Fabiolo

J: Paul Townend
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-12
OR: 172
Days: 56

Since joining the Willie Mullins stable El Fabiolo has only been beaten once in his career when going down by a neck to Jonbon in the Top Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree.

Gained revenge on that rival when winning the Arkle in impressive fashion at the Cheltenham Festival last season. Returned to action still in a rich vein of form when winning the Hilly Way Chase at Cork back in December. Should be hard to beat again for top connections en route to the Champion Chase.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
04/02/24LEO17Y/Sft11-121
10/12/23COR16.5Sft/Hy12-01
27/04/23PUN16Gd/Y11-121
14/03/23CHL16Sft11-71
04/02/23LEO17Y11-121
Leopardstown - February 04 2024
Leopardstown 14:45
4
Paul Townend

State Man

J: Paul Townend
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-12
OR: 167
Days: 37

It’s hard to oppose State Man who lowered the colours of Honeysuckle in this race last year and has only tasted defeat recently to Constitution Hill.

Sets a clear standard as the second best 2 mile hurdler around behind Constitution Hill and should won this with relative ease from Impaire Et Passe and Bob Olinger.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
04/02/24LEO16Sft11-121
29/12/23LEO16Sft/Hy11-121
25/11/23PUN16.5Sft11-121
28/04/23PUN16Y11-121
14/03/23CHL16.5Sft11-102
Leopardstown - February 04 2024
Leopardstown 15:20
16
Rachael Blackmore

Heart Wood

J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry De Bromhead
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 10-1
OR: 136
Days: 52

A decent import from France who had a listed win under his belt on the other side of the Channel, Heart Wood has been a little unlucky to bump into some really smart sorts since joining Henry De Bromhead.

A close 2nd to Grangeclere West was boosted when that rival went on to win a Grade One at Christmas. 2nd again when last seen behind Blood Destiny, it would’ve taken a big performance to give weight away to that smart rival who’s gone well in a Grade Three since.

A handicap rating of 136 looks lenient and the soft underfoot conditions look ideal. Could put in a big run at a decent price of 9/1.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
14/12/23NAA20Sft/Hy11-122
12/11/23NAA20Sft11-122
13/11/22NAV17Y11-42
06/03/22AUT18Hy11-01
07/11/21AUT18Hy10-86
Leopardstown - February 04 2024
Leopardstown 15:50
7
Danny Mullins

Bialystok

J: Danny Mullins
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 11-5
OR: 138
Days: 63

Took a while to get off the mark over hurdles but immediately followed it up with an impressive win in a handicap hurdle at the Punchestown Festival to score at a big price.

He’s not managed to win since but has shown himself well to pick up a place in a Grade Three novice event and a decent 4th in the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle.

A handicap rating of 138 looks well within his reach and he should get an ideal fast run 2 miles.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
04/02/24LEO16Sft11-5BD
03/12/23FAI16Sft11-124
01/10/23TIP16Sft11-12
20/09/23LIS16Y/Sft11-123
03/08/23GAL16Gd/Y11-27
Leopardstown - February 04 2024
Leopardstown 16:25
4
Mr R W Barron

Barnahash Primrose

J: Mr R W Barron
T: Jonathan Sweeney
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 11-8
OR: N/A
Days: 40

Only been seen once in her career but that sole outing produced a win.

Barnahash Primrose comes from one of the smaller yards involved in this race but made quite a taking debut to be held up off the pace and come into contention strongly before stretching clear with ease.

The form has been tested since with the 2nd chasing home the well touted Maughreen since to be 2nd. Looks overpriced as she’s not from a well known stable but could just spring a surprise with another step forward.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
26/12/23LIM16Sft/Hy11-61